MLB Pipeline Attempted to Rerank 30 Phillies Prospects

I try not to make light of other people’s work on this site, I leave that to Twitter.  But I feel obligated to be outraged at the newest MLB Pipeline rankings because they are prominent and highly quoted.  I don’t think sites should do deep rankings if they don’t know systems, and it is very clear whoever compiles mlbpipeline’s has never really interacted with the Phillies’ farm system outside of maybe some public reports.  I am not going to link to the rankings, but here they are.

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Aaron Nola
  3. Cornelius Randolph
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Franklyn Kilome
  6. Zach Eflin
  7. Scott Kingery
  8. Ricardo Pinto
  9. Ben Lively
  10. Tom Windle
  11. Andrew Knapp
  12. Matt Imhof
  13. Jesse Biddle
  14. Cord Sandberg
  15. Carlos Tocci
  16. Malquin Canelo
  17. Aaron Altherr
  18. Deivi Grullon
  19. Severino Gonzalez
  20. Kelly Dugan
  21. Victor Arano
  22. Brandon Leibrandt
  23. Dylan Cozens
  24. Aaron Brown
  25. Sam McWilliams
  26. Elniery Garcia
  27. Nefi Ogando
  28. Jonathan Arauz
  29. Gabriel Lino
  30. Edubray Ramos

Notably Unranked: Rhys Hoskins, Jose Pujols, Luis Encarnacion, Adonis Medina, Juan Luis

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. Travis

    Do you plan to rank J. Ortiz sight unseen? I find it amusing that S. Gonzalez is only eligible because he was bad at the ML level.

    • Matt Winkelman

      I will be excluding the J2 guys from midseason list, will be on winter list after I have reports from Fall Instructional League.

      There is nothing to be gained by ranking or writing up a player on no information.

  2. Rick

    Thanks Matt. Do you put a premium on any particular positions when making the rankings? Also, are they ranked more on current abilities or projected abilities?

    • Matt Winkelman

      I tend to put premium on C, SS, CF because of defensive value, do knock 1Bs pretty hard because there is bench role or other position to go to if it doesn’t go perfect.

      It is a combination, it comes down to what I think someone will be like in the majors and their chances of getting to that. Current abilities provide less projection and risk but they may not be impactful to a major league team.

  3. Romus

    The irony of it all….they re-work it just before the MLB trade deadline…….who dreams up this stuff!
    Next week it will be outdated and incorrect for many clubs.

    • Cormican

      Apparently they just wanted to create more work for themselves, because today it includes Pivetta and bumps off Ramos.

      • Romus

        And then again in less then 60 hours, I assume, there will be a need for another rework.
        Would have been simpler for all the pubs to come out each year and have their mid-season rankings after 1 August I would think.

  4. andyb

    I think MLB re-worked it because of the trade deadline. It is like they wanted something quick and dirty so they could update these rankings in real time. But did not have the staff to really do 30-player deep dives on each organization. This is kind of the preseason ranking supplemented with obvious changes (but not really paying attention to a step forward from a guy like Tocci or Pujols).